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HIV Testing

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the tests that detect infection with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. AIDS is a serious disease that can be fatal because the body has lost the ability to fight infections and cancers. There are a number of options for people to be tested for HIV, using tests approved by FDA:

  1. Trained health professionals collect a sample and run the test in a professional medical setting. You receive your test results from a trained health professional.
  2. You collect a sample in the home, forward the sample to a medical laboratory, and trained health professionals run the test in the medical laboratory.
  3. You collect a sample, run the test, and obtain your own test results in your home.

This page provides information about HIV testing, including where to find a testing site near you, and a list of the various approved assays for HIV detection.

Finding a testing site

Find an HIV testing site near where you live or work.

  • National HIV Testing DatabaseSee Disclaimer page regarding links to external sites
    Find an HIV test site near you from the National HIV Testing Database, a CDC-sponsored service available 24 hours a day.

Clinical Tests

FDA Meetings centered around discussion related to HIV viral resistance testing

General Information about HIV Testing from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Page Last Updated: 08/27/2014
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